All items: Pensions

  • Tory manifesto: national retraining, national insurance holidays and more gap reporting

    19 May 2017

    Theresa May launched the Conservative Party's 2017 election manifesto, and for HR and employers there are no big surprises. Having already laid out her plans on workers' rights earlier this week, and with many policies announced over the past year, there is not much we didn't already know. But, as is likely in any 88-page document, there are a few items of interest that may not already be on your radar.

  • Pensioners now earn more than working-age population, report finds

    13 February 2017

    Pensioners' incomes are now higher than those of working age, according to a report from the Resolution Foundation.

  • Is it time to sweeten up your pensions communications?

    24 November 2016

    With young people prioritising other financial commitments over pensions, employers need to rethink how they communicate the benefits of saving for retirement.

  • Government reveals ideas to reinvigorate workplace pensions

    1 January 2013

    Despite significant reform of the UK pensions system, the Government is concerned that people are still not saving enough towards their retirement. It has therefore issued a strategy paper considering how to reinvigorate workplace pensions and rebuild trust and confidence in pensions. We examine its main proposals.

  • Pensions auto-enrolment: compliance issues

    1 December 2012

    This fourth and final article in our series on automatic enrolment looks at some of the finer detail. We consider how existing practices such as salary sacrifice and flexible benefits work alongside auto-enrolment, look at the new employer duties and discuss how to avoid falling foul of the regulator.

  • Pensions Ombudsman anticipates caseload rise

    1 August 2012

    Influenced by the current spirit of austerity, the Pensions Ombudsman said in its 2011/12 business plan that it would set aside some of its larger aspirations in favour of getting the core work done with "the resources available". Reporting in the ombudsman's report and accounts, Tony King, the present incumbent, reports that his office has actually exceeded most of its goals, with higher output than the previous 12-month period, "remarkably", without using all of the resources available, and under-spending the ombudsman budget for the second year running.

  • Statute raises state pension age faster and finalises auto-enrolment

    1 April 2012

    The Pensions Bill gained Royal Assent late in 2011. Its principal provisions increase state pension age and offer new flexibility on auto-enrolment. It also makes a number of other changes, including to second-tier state pensions, the indexation of pensions, the Pensions Regulator's powers, payments out of scheme funds to employers and the definition of money purchase.

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